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A Network of Everything

How well does this approach of visualizing a network fare with something other than actors? We can also use it to find connections between any two things. For example, we can create a network of connections between things and their categories. To create the following image, I used the words Britney Spears, apple, horse, speakers, piano, violin, carrot, and orange. As categories I used food, actor, movie, book, song, album, company, band, tool and a few more. I applied a threshold of 50 Google results to count something as connection, and I used glue phrases like “is a”, “are an” and so on:

 


You can see Britney Spears is a celebrity singer. “Apple” is an ambiguous term, meaning both the company, and the fruit.

End Notes

1.  The visuals are created using Sun’s GraphLayout tool.